Loretta Lynch’s private visit with former President Bill Clinton at an Arizona airport Wednesday “didn’t matter,” according to top Senate Democrats.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and his designated successor, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, shot down reporters who questioned whether Lynch made a mistake visiting the former president while she is overseeing a major investigation into his wife and likely Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.
“All I can say is Loretta Lynch is one of the most outstanding human beings I have ever known,” Reid told reporters Thursday. “Her ethics are above reproach. No one could ever question her strong feelings about the rule of law, and her ethics are the best.”
Lynch has been criticized for the meeting, which she said occurred spontaneously after her private plane and Clinton’s private plane happened to land at the same airport.
Lynch said the two chatted for approximately half an hour and did not discuss any pending cases, including the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
Schumer said Lynch’s reputation as an “honorable person” ensures nothing unethical occurred when Lynch and Clinton met.
“She has said nothing was discussed relating to the investigation,” Schumer said. “So, you have two choices, to say this didn’t matter, or she is lying. I think it didn’t matter.”